Thursday, January 24, 2008

Alleviating repetitive strain injury (RSI) naturally | Dr Briffa's Blog

I'm looking for doctors who blog. Blogging is bread and butter in US but how about UK and EU? Dr John Briffa wrote about mobile phones and CTS. Topics in this blog:
  1. Health Care blogging
  2. Mobile computing
  3. Computers, keyboard, mouse and CTS risk
  4. Mobile phones
  5. Typing

Dr John Briffa qualified as a doctor from University College London Medical School in 1990. A prize-winning medical student, he also completed an intercalated BSc degree in Biomedical Sciences during his medical studies.

Since graduating, Dr Briffa has developed a special interest in nutritional and naturally-oriented medicine. He works in private practice in London.

Dr Briffa is an award-winning health writer and has contributed to a wide variety of publications. He was formerly the natural health columnist for the Daily Mail, and has been the Observer’s nutritionist since 2002. He is the author of several books on the subject of nutrition and natural health.

Dr Briffa is a lecturer and broadcaster. He regularly delivers health-focused and work-life balance seminars and courses to corporations. Clients include PricewaterhouseCoopers, Reuters, IBM, the Bank of England, Morgan Stanley, Baker and Mackenzie, Bovis Lendlease, Deloitte and Touche, GE Money and Numico. He is also active in the education of members of the public and health professionals in the area of nutrition and natural medicine in the UK and abroad. He is a regular guest on radio and TV.

  • Occupational Health
  • Screening potential CTS developments in companies with repetitive work
  • Mediracer CTS diagnostics at an early stage can help to avoid the problem
  • Preventing the problem
  • Telemedicine to distribute neurophysilogical skills to occupational health nurses
  • I did listen to his podcast

Current clinical positions:
Practitioner of Integrated Medicine - Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth, London

Practitioner of Integrated Medicine - Highgate Hospital, London

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Alleviating repetitive strain injury (RSI) naturally | Dr Briffa's Blog: "Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is believed to stem from repeated movements which can damage and cause inflammation in the soft tissues around the hand and/or wrist.

While RSI is a term which is commonly used to cover a range of different ailments, it is not uncommon for RSI sufferers to be affected by a specific condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).

This malady is related to compression of one of the three main nerves to the hand (the median nerve) as it runs through the wrist. Classic symptoms of CTS include pain, numbness or tingling in the thumb, index, middle and the middle finger side of the ring finger.

Unnatural bending of the wrist is thought to be risk factor in CTS. Keyboard workers are at particular risk here, and may benefit from the use of a keyboard rest which helps keep the wrists straight during typing. From an ergonomic perspective, it is believed that keeping the forearms parallel to the floor is helps to prevent and alleviate CTS.

Painkilling medication may help to quell the discomfort associated with CTS and RSI. From a natural health perspective, foods which may assist here through their anti-inflammatory action include omega-3 fats (found in flaxseed oil, and oily fish such as salmon, trout and herring), ginger and turmeric."

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